They call it madness?

To be fair, my knowledge of, and interest in college basketball is pretty much zero. I like my football, I love my baseball, and I can abide ice hockey. But basketball, really no interest, full stop. And thats the Pro stuff! College sports, it really is only football that I follow, in truth.

So yes, when it comes to March, and the fuss that is nowadays the final 68, known as March Madness, you think I’d ignore it completely, right? Wrong! It seems every year I talk myself into doing brackets, both at CBS, and over on the MC Forums, even when my knowledge of what is going on, or has been going on, is less than zero! Frighteningly, I tend to do quite well, which only proves that its an absolute lottery, lets face it!

My limited range of support rests on the 3 colleges from Kansas, and thats really it. This year, I’m told, Kansas State are on the bubble to get in, hope they do, but will find out for sure later today. Yes, they arent as good at basketball, as at football! Silly though, Kansas are dreadful at football, but one of the best in the nation at basketball, so you tell me! The 3rd Kansas team, Wichita State dont even play football, but are quite decent at basketball.

No, I have no plans to do anything more than make selections, pick brackets, and that will be it. Watch matches, you must be joking! But yes, like so many Americans, I’ll be selecting teams, only in my case, they wont mean a thing to me!

So yes, its Madness in more than one sense for me!

The video sums it up perfectly, its a group called Madness, singing a song called Madness!

Just hooping around

Well, given that the stats seem to suggest that most of my readers on here, come from the US, this might make sense to most. Pretty fair to say that most non North American readers will say “what the hell?”, and move on! Yes, college basketball playoffs!

I’ll be honest, my interest in NBA basketball is pretty much zero, which only very slightly less than my interest in the college game, to be honest. But for some strange reason, whenever ‘March Madness’ comes around, here I am filling out my bracket, of college names, most of whom mean little or nothing to me! I sort of follow the 3 teams from the state of Kansas (Kansas, Kansas State, and Wichita State), but that really is about it. I guess I ought to look at the LA teams, but I dont! Oh, and this year, Kansas State were so awful at basketball, they havent even made the playoffs! Equally, Kansas are one of the favorites to win it all!

So, why then, did I spend a while this afternoon, filling out my bracket for the tournament, and my round by round one, for something I have no interest in, wont watch, and will probably only laugh at how badly I do. You tell me, but it seems to be something else I’ve been Americanized into doing!

No, you dont want to know my clueless selections, honest you dont! Not sure that even I want to do that, in truth! But every year, seemingly without fail, I give it a go. One of these years I might work out why!

Right, not only will you have to suffer my college basketball musings, you can suffer the video too. Oh fine, its awful, but at the same time, so cute. So yes girls, lets put a ring on it, in basketball terms at least!

On The Train To Georgia

No, they arent, I should think its safe to say they got there by plane, especially given there is no train station in Wichita nowadays, and hasnt been a passenger service since 1979, but there is an airport. Yes, I’m talking college basketball, the March Madness, and the craziness that is the rise, and rise, of the Wichita State Shockers team.

Seriously, if you’d told me that one of the 3 teams from Kansas would be in the final four, they’d have been the last one I expected to be there, but all the same…First time for very nearly 50 years, back in 1965 when they last reached it, and plane travel was a whole different world.

In fact, when they started out, they werent expected to get through the first round, being in the lower half of the seeding, if only just. And even winning their first game, all it meant was the number 1 seed, Gonzaga, next in their section. They won again, and kept winning, all the way through to the final four. What has to be remembered is that they arent from one of the big conferences, and were just meant to play their part, then leave it to the ‘big boys’ to win the title. Well, they might yet, as they have the powerhouse that is Louisville in the next round, the favourites from the very start, so that should be it. But, in a one off game, well, who knows…?

I know, Louise Brooks didnt really hide her dislike for Wichita folks in later years, but she lived there for a number of years, which is why they, and the other Kansas teams have a soft spot in my heart. Funnily enough, one of the other teams in the final four, Syracuse, are from the northern end of New York State, where of course, her life was lived to its end. As both are underdogs to make the final, they probably wont, but it would be fun to see it happen, all the same.

Anyway, given the finals are in Atlanta, Georgia, I couldnt resist using this as the video